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The wind is howling, the moon is glowing, and you crave something to make your skin crawl. Even if the Library building is closed for the night, you can still grab a chilling story to make the most of your mood. Hoopla, a digital service you access with your MPPL card, offers instant access to tales of all kinds, including those that terrify just the way you like. Here is a sample of the horrors on offer:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson
Six years after four family members died suspiciously–of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods live together in pleasant isolation until threatened by a cousin’s arrival.
The Raven and Selected Short Stories
by Edgar Allan Poe
A collection of ten short stories and poems widely regarded as the most famous of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings.
The Library Policeman
by Stephen King
Overdue books may seem a minor offense, but not to Junction City’s malevolent monster of a librarian.
The Living Dead
edited by John Joseph Adams
A collection of the best zombie literature of the last three decades from Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, and Joe Hill.
Classic Tales of the Supernatural
compiled by Robin Brockman
Stories from the heyday of supernatural fiction, including authors such as Henry James, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Warped: Tales of Horror and Rage
by Rick Ochre
Fourteen stories that shine a light into the minds of disturbed individuals, explore otherworldly terror, and imagine unspeakable acts of vengeance.